Most Recent Messages in Exercise & Sports

Adjusting to new pacemaker.

Got my pacemaker 6 months ago, and am recovering from hip replacement 3 months ago, so I'm just now able to ramp up my exercise and am adjusting to how the pacemaker works.  
 

I've noticed that when I walk, even if not particularly fast, my HR jumps up much higher than other forms of exercise. Did 10 minutes of HIIT on my exercise bike yesterday, and my HR barely got over 140. I can routinely walks outside and the HR can get up to 155 and the pacemaker will throt...

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Learn from my mistake

Just moaning here... 😛

I had been in the habit of doing dumbbell Good Mornings. Today I had the pleasure of a 45# hexagonal weight crunching right into my PM. I'm well healed, but the scar is curiously still sensitive-- that being aside from a thin strip of my flesh getting rolled between two hunks of metal. That was fun.

 

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Tuning pacemaker for exercise

I'm 68, Ironman triathlete and ultramarathon cyclist. Resting HR 32 and I typically train 14-16 hours per week. I've been an endurance athlete for 50 years.

Last week I got a Medtronic pacemaker due not to bradycardia but to heart block and asychrony between the atria and venticles. Now I'm back exercising, although I'm not lifting weights (for the next 5 weeks), I am cycling and running. My pacemaker rate floor is set to 40 bpm and the ceiling is set to 150.

The s...

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Pacemaker setting optimization

I had a Boston Scientific Dual Chamber PM placed in June. It's purpose was to address symptomatic Sick Sinus Syndrom producing long pauses of asystole. I also have A-Fib and a 1st Degree AV block and PVCs. This is a difficult combination to deal with for any cardiologist. I have two good ones, An EP Cardiologist and an excercise oriented Cardiologist. I had a very successful Cardiac Ablation in August that, so far, has enitrely eliminated A-Fib. I am 75 and a long time amateur competative...

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hiking

Is it true that when I am hiking up a steep hill my pacemaker slows down because I have reduced my pace and my steeps are slower?

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Pain in the legs

Hi,  I have had my pacemaker for 4 years now, and am still finding it painful to walk upstairs and hills.  Is this down to the device, as my cardiologist does't seem to think so.  However the pacemaker technician says it could be.

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Medical Device ID for Cyclist

Do any cyclists use Dog Tags while on bike vs carrying Medical Device ID card?

If so source & how much info do you have on it?

My PM is for Bradycardia 

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Press-ups/Push-ups

I am about 7 weeks post implant. Today, for the first time, I tried a couple of press-ups. Stopped when I felt sharp twinges in the vicinity of my PM box.

Not sure if there is still something not quite healed in that vicinity, but a bit nervous now about resuming this exercise: pre-implant, I used to do about 30 every morning.

Is there any general advice on press-ups, or any advice not to attempt them?

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Exercise

I'm 71 years old. Hadn't been too active this year due to shortness of breath/light headiness. Then started having dizziness in March. Had echo/stress test/ 48 hr monitor. All tests came back ok.
Then fainted in July while walking. ER put a 7 day monitor on. 
I already knew I had LBBB. Found out I had First degree AV block (2nd degree Monitz I).

Anyway had dual chamber PM put in 8 days ago. My question has been how much to exercise. Am I doing too much o...

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Pacemaker in hot weather

I feel like my medtronic pacemaker is less effective in very hot weather. It's working, but I seem to have more trouble walking upstairs outside than in moderate weather. Does that make sense according to way Medtronic measures needs?

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Sports cardiology

As I noted in my intro, I'm a lifelong athlete (runner then long distance cyclist) diagnosed with bradycardia, 1st degree AV block, chronotropic incompetence. I had a Boston Scientific L331 implant 11 days ago.

I'm supposed to get a PET scan in about a month to rule out possible V-Tach. Assuming the best (no ICD pacemaker required) I'll then see my EP as a follow up and possible changes to the PM settings.

I'll say that my EP has been great. Very good communic...

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When can i run again

Hey there, 

so i havnt had any check up yet since my op which is now 7 weeks ago. Im due to see my cardiologist and pacemaker technician on 15 & 16 of this month.  
can i try a run before i see them? Im a previous marthon runner. I did Chicago in Oct 22 & Dublin same month. I got pacemaker end of june. 
On a seperare note im a side sleep & still cant sleep on either side as its sore & i feel the 'weight' of device, does this pass? My...

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SSS+CI; Running better than Cycling; Boston Proponent,

Hi everyone, 

my PM is 1 year old now. I have tried many settings. With accelerometer on level 16 and minute ventilation sensor on level 9 I have a max heart rate 160-165 during running, but max 145 during cycling.

What are the best settings you know? 

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Left or right?

Im getting my pm today or tomorrow. Wondering which side to have it? I play golf right handed. Would like to continue. What other issues are important in choosing a side?

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Cyclist going in for Pacemaker: Expectations?

Beginning of August, going in for Boston Scientific Essentio L131 Pacemaker for Bradycardia (tapping low 30's @ night, has hit 40 during day) & occasional HR stops (3s). I have seen my HR tap low 160's a couple of times this year while MTB'ing.

59 years young: My cycling (road & MTB) are all done using Power Meter's. I started to notice the last 3yrs my ability to recover was noticeably declining (along with Training Load I could handle) since I use Pow...

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Introduction and questions

I've been lurking here on the forum for the past several weeks and thought it was time to join and provide an introduction. I'm not a "legitimate" member of the club since I'm having my pacemaker implant tomorrow (gulp!). I'll put my questions at the front so those who don't want to read my overly lengthy introduction can skip it. The important background for the questions is I'm a long distance cyclist, 69 years old (in 5 days) and have been an athlete my wh...

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Fast exercise? Out of shape or heart

I be honest I'm overweight,  I don't understand why when I do exercise and start slow n work my way up ..I have no issues breathing or anything at all , but why ? Last night I went to gym late and I started running 🏃‍♂️ for like 1 minute..the problem was once I stop running I had issues catching my breath heart pulse fast , which I assume is normal but honestly I felt like I had breathing issues but after deep long breathing n a few coughs everything slow down n I was back to...

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Massage, stretching

I had a normal procedure which went well a little over 2 weeks ago. Before the procedure I had a routine of 20 to 30 minutes of stretching, which helps me generally speaking. Since the procedure I severely limited what I do for fear of causing a problem with my pacemaker. So at this point, is it safe to get a massage on my right shoulder, because it's sore, which I never really experienced before.

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Pacemaker in young adults

Hello! im a 24 year old who has been diagnosed with a very slow heart rate which leads to me fainting fairly regularly (about once a month), its called ''reflex syncope''. I'm due to have a pacemaker fitted in 2 weeks time and im very concerned about how limited I will be in doing sports. I really enjoy cycling and going to the gym. Does anyone have any advice or experience with this? as im young and would really hate to lose the ability to workout so early on in...

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Pvc /heart sensation

Hi friends if you read my previous post you know I have a sensation of flutter.  But doctor did ablibation study couldn't find the source.  Any ways I been fine I guess for months , I drink 12.5 metropolol n 30 mg cartia . Doctor advice me to take easy at gym that was months ago ..I been going fine no issues.  But today I went walk threadmill at 2mph maximum and 5% inclined. 25 minutes into it i start feeling flutter like skip beats like beats all over  the place and f...

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